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Virgin Mobile Kyocera Event Prepaid Android 4.0 Smartphone $39 AT TARGET

Beer_Money 625 April 16, 2013 at 09:30 AM in Tech & Electronics (6) More virginmobileusa.com Deals
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Last Edited by Beer_Money April 16, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Just saw this smartphone on sale for $39 at Target. Regular price is $79.99. No contract required!

This is a better deal than we posted yesterday where Amazon had it for $49.99.

Specs: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1000 MHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, Wi-Fi and microSD capability, 3.2 MP camera with LED flash and video camcorder, Visual Voicemail, Stereo Bluetooth, Light Sensor, Eco Mode, etc.

This phone easily beats other cheap smartphones out there (Optimus Elite, PCD Chaser, Fusion, etc.) because it runs on Android 4.0 and has a noticeably faster processor and a modern design.

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Quote from Murray12 View Post :
Probably stupid question, but does this need to be activated to use it just for WiFi. In other words do I need to purchase a plan if initially going to use it for WiFi?
You don't need to purchase a plan to use the phone for wifi, android apps, etc.
I am currently using the LG Optimus Elite (also a Virgin Mobile prepaid phone) as a MP3 device, for Wifi, and gps without the need to activate the phone. nod

Note: When you 1st power on the phone it bugs you about activating it. Just click the "Back Button" and you're good to go.
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Quote from Irtoin View Post :
You don't need to purchase a plan to use the phone for wifi, android apps, etc.
I am currently using the LG Optimus Elite (also a Virgin Mobile prepaid phone) as a MP3 device, for Wifi, and gps without the need to activate the phone. nod

Note: When you 1st power on the phone it bugs you about activating it. Just click the "Back Button" and you're good to go.
That is what I used my Optimus Elite for as well. Think of it as a super cheap iPod Touch. I'm going to give my Elite to my dad (Who actually uses it as a phone) and buy the Kyocera for myself.

The Ice Cream is the main reason I got it. But the one thing I like so far is the Kyocera has the notification light on it the Elite did not have.
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Quote from Beer_Money View Post :
I had the 'Elite' before, and overall, the 'Event' is a HUGE improvement. Battery lasts a lot longer, display has much better contrast, apps are faster (especially 3D ones like Temple Run 2 etc.). Also, this one has visual voicemail, brightness sensor, and Ice Cream Sandwich, obviously. The only thing 'Elite' got going for it is better camera.
Is it honestly worth losing my cheapo $25 grandfathered plan? And how much room do you have for apps?
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Amazon [amazon.com] has a pretty decent silicone case and hard shell case combination for the Event for about $6 shipped. Not too bad!
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Quote from Irtoin View Post :
You don't need to purchase a plan to use the phone for wifi, android apps, etc.
I am currently using the LG Optimus Elite (also a Virgin Mobile prepaid phone) as a MP3 device, for Wifi, and gps without the need to activate the phone. nod

Note: When you 1st power on the phone it bugs you about activating it. Just click the "Back Button" and you're good to go.

Could you please tell if I need to download any app in order to use the GPS outside outside of my home wifi? I guess, VM GPS service will not work until the phone is activated. thanks!
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Quote from buy4free View Post :
Could you please tell if I need to download any app in order to use the GPS outside outside of my home wifi? I guess, VM GPS service will not work until the phone is activated. thanks!
The GPS service called "Maps" that came with the phone is usable even if the phone is not activated. So you can still use GPS satellites even if you're phone is unactiviated.
Also, I currently use a GPS app called "Waze"
I simply save the locations that I want to go prior to getting into my car (where I am not in wifi range). The saved locations will still be on the phone and you can use it without wifi.

If anyone uses a GPS app that they recommend without requiring wifi, please do share. Smilie
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Anyone find any good directions that still work to root this device?
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#23
Grabbed two from my local store for me and the mrs. Now to see if VM is any good around here! Cheers.

DCPI = 080020134
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Thanks a bunch. I had to go to two Targets, but I got one for my 9 year old and I had a spared 8GB sd card laying around so she's all set for a while... Amazon Appstore was a little slow in responding, but it is slow on my galaxy siii... so I think it is more the program than the phone in this regard.
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Grabbed two from my local store for me and the mrs. Now to see if VM is any good around here! Cheers.

DCPI = 080020134
Thanks for the effort, but it seems like that DPCI is not working on any inventory checkers that I know of Frown Any chance you might have some digits off? Repped for the effort, regardless.
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Quote from romayer View Post :
Thanks for the effort, but it seems like that DPCI is not working on any inventory checkers that I know of Frown Any chance you might have some digits off? Repped for the effort, regardless.
nope, he got it right, that's a correct number
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nope, he got it right, that's a correct number
I must be doing something wrong Embarrassment Would you please share the inventory checker you are using? I had two of them marked in my favorites and I used another one found on SD, with no success Frown
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Looks like I'll be using this as a toy/MP3 player. VM doesn't offer roaming for their prepaid plans. I don't know how that is even possible, but they don't. There are HUGE areas of the country that have no voice service. I don't travel a ton, but I'm not willing to take the chance of not having phone service. Bummer!
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Quote from JohnnySuperHero View Post :
Looks like I'll be using this as a toy/MP3 player. VM doesn't offer roaming for their prepaid plans. I don't know how that is even possible, but they don't. There are HUGE areas of the country that have no voice service. I don't travel a ton, but I'm not willing to take the chance of not having phone service. Bummer!
Virgin Mobile runs on the nationwide Sprint Nextel network. If Sprint gets a good coverage in your area you'll be fine. If not - you won't. Plain and simple.
Personally, I am getting a better voice and data reception with VM than I had with AT&T. I live in Washington/Baltimore area.
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Quote from Beer_Money View Post :
Virgin Mobile runs on the nationwide Sprint Nextel network. If Sprint gets a good coverage in your area you'll be fine. If not - you won't. Plain and simple.
Personally, I am getting a better voice and data reception with VM than I had with AT&T. I live in Washington/Baltimore area.
That's what I had also read, but if you compare the Sprint coverage chart to the VM chart, there is quite a large difference.
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